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Hyperion Records

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At the Piano by Robert Beyschlag (1838-1903)
Anthony Mitchell Paintings, Nottingham / Fine Art Photographic Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67374
Recording details: January 2002
Champs Hill, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: June 2003
Total duration: 3 minutes 6 seconds

There's a long, long trail a-winding
First line:
Nights are growing very lonely
composer
1913
author of text

Introduction
This song was written for a college fraternity banquet at Yale University, where lyricist and composer both studied. Composer Zo (short for Alonzo) Elliott was apparently inspired by Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow; but Stoddard King’s words describe a homeward trail to romance. Elliott could not find a publisher in the USA, but did so in England when he went to study at Trinity College, Cambridge. The song then became a great favourite of British troops during World War I. Elliott later studied with Nadia Boulanger at the American Conservatoire at Fontainebleau in France, and a manuscript copy of the song was lodged among relics of World War I in the Musée de l’Armée at the Hôtel des Invalides in Paris.

from notes by Andrew Lamb 2003

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